Dr. Felicia Frizzel Fontenot, DDS, MHS

American Indian Graduate Scholars Program

Tribal Affiliation

Mescalero Apache

As a new dentist, Ms. Frizzell is working on building up her leadership and team building skills to provide the best care for her patients.  Her vision is to reduce the high burden of oral health disease among Native populations and to apply her public health skills to create wide-scale oral healthcare prevention programs for Native children.


Felicia Frizzell grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  She attended Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology.  Upon graduating from Stanford Felicia joined Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as the Training Coordinator where she worked with the Center’s training team to develop and expand the training program. Felicia received a full tuition scholarship from the Center to complete a Masters in Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  After completing her Master’s degree Felicia applied and was accepted to Dental School at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.  Upon completing her dental degree in 2011, Felicia joined the Tséhootsooi Medical Center, a hospital operated by the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona where she serves as a dentist.


  • Stanford, BA Human Biology
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MHS in Reproductive Biology
  • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, DDS

Research Interests

Child and maternal health, oral health, caries prevention, access to health care